Foundation Programme in Reproductive Sexual Health Care

Unit Level: 3 Unit Size: 1 Credit Points: 10


A brief overview of aims, content, methods and assessment.

To enable health care professionals and appropriate allied professionals to develop their knowledge of contemporary contraceptives and sexual health issues in order to give opportunistic advice appropriate to their area of practice.

Assessment Strategy – Summative Essay

AIMS OF UNIT : Specified in terms of general aim of the teaching in its relation to the Subject.

To enable students to apply knowledge and research when giving opportunistic advice on methods of contraception


Specified in terms of performance capability to be shown on completion of the Unit.

  1. Evaluate the relevant aspects of applied anatomy physiology and the principles of fertility and fertility control.

  2. Critically discuss sexual development, sexual health, gender identity, and the various needs of individuals.

  3. Advise on general contraceptive methods and sexual health matters.

  4. Debate the religious and cultural factors which influence fertility control.

  5. Explore the provision of family planning services at a local and national level.

  6. Analyse practice limitations in providing appropriate referral.

  7. Demonstrate an understanding of principles and opportunities for sexual health screening.

  8. Utilise research findings as a basis for good practice.


The content of the Unit, identified in a component listing.

Anatomy of male and female genital tract and applied physiology

Aspects of sexual identity

Cultural and religious influences on family spacing

Methods of contraception - natural, barrier, hormonal; Intra uterine devices/system; Sterilisation, Post coital contraception

Provision of services - national/local

Ethical issues/legal implications

Menopause - HRT

Principles of cervical screening

Principles of breast screening

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - overview

Special needs - teenagers, learning disability

Referral system